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Waldspirale, Darmstadt

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The Waldspirale is a residential building complex in Darmstadt, Germany, built in the 1990s. The name translates into English as forest spiral, reflecting both the general plan of the building and the fact that it has a green roof. It was designed by Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser, planned and implemented by architect Heinz M. Springmann, and constructed by the Bauverein Darmstadt company. The building was completed in 2000.DescriptionThe Waldspirale apartment building is located in Darmstadt's Bürgerparkviertel. It contains 105 apartments and a parking garage. In the past, the topmost part of the building has had restaurants, cafes and bars for people to visit. Currently, there are no open amenities for visitors. The inner courtyard contains a playground for the children of the residents and a small artificial lake. Peculiarities of the U-shaped building are the unique facade, which does not follow a regular grid organization, and the windows, which appear as if they were "aus der Reihe tanzen," (dancing out of line) everywhere different and appearing out of order, often with 'tree tenants' - trees growing out from the windows. The diagonal roof, planted with grass, shrubs, flowers and trees, rises like a ramp along the U-form. At its highest point, the building has 12 floors.DesignThe windows of the Waldspirale, which number over 1000, are all unique: no two windows are the same. Similarly, different handles are attached in each apartment to the doors and windows. Some of the apartments are decorated in Friedensreich Hundertwasser's personal style and exhibit the colourful tiles in the bath and kitchen that are characteristic of his work. Furthermore, all the corners are rounded off in these apartments along the roof and walls in an application of Hundertwasser's dogma "gegen die gerade Linie" or "against the straight line." For cost reasons, only a few of the apartments' interiors were designed individually.
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  • To find incredibly like a house in Darmstadt. The many details, so inspiring. Just wonderful!
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  • The Waldspirale is a storey building with 105 apartments of the Viennese artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser. Its revolutionary, colourful and characterized by irregular shapes architecture is shown in all its glory. No two Windows of this building by Golden onion domes are similar. Linden, beech and maple trees growing on the roof. A garden, a playground and an artificial river form the courtyard. Hundertwasser did not see the completion of the Waldspirale. He died shortly before aboard the Queen Elizabeth II in February 2000 on its way from New Zealand to Europe before Brisbane. On my travel site toeightycountries.com you will find a report on Darmstadt
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  • The Waldspirale, the Hundertwasser House in Darmstadt, offers a beautiful sight with the Golden domes, the countless unique Windows (no window is similar to the other), the spiral increases leafy roof (where also the name) and the stained decorated façade. One finds everywhere something special at this House, unless the artificial Brook, the paths around the House or specially crafted facade parts. Lately, the House is slightly run-down. The restaurant and Cafe in the Hundertwasserhaus are closed already for a long time. Still worth a visit Aner.
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  • A beautiful piece of architecture that is definitely worth a visit when you're in Darmstadt. The so called 'Hundertwasserhaus' (after the artist Hundertwasser) was really innovative for its time and still looks strangely cozy today.
  • Diferent, modern...interesting!
  • A little piece of Barcelona in Darmstadt :) you can walk through the inner yard
  • Interesting piece of massive architecture. Something different. It seems from a different era and epoch. Very beautiful. The colours of paint seem faded.....an additional coat will do.
  • Great unique building but I wouldn't consider it a tourist place to visit
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